Talking Points for Pretty Little Liars

I know my students watch “Pretty Little Liars.” Here’s a secret: I do too. I don’t WANT them to watch it. I think it’s too mature in content for them.  I think parts of the show are ...

Is Youth Ministry Killing the Church?

It seems about this time every year, I begin to see a lot of blog posts about how Youth Ministry is killing the church, how Youth Ministry is fundamentally flawed, and how students are leaving the church in record ...

How to Respond to Social Media Criticism Towards Your Ministry

For the past three months, I have been working at the headquarters of Youth for Christ as their Social Media Specialist to learn how to better engage people with social media and blogging at a local and national ...

The difference between Faith and Trust

My passion for Family Ministry was brewed almost immediately upon entering the Youth Worker field, and, oddly enough, when I first encountered Facebook. I had had myspace, like every other college student, but ...

Making SYATP Mandatory

I tell my students that they must go to the See You At The Pole. It’s a mandatory step. Let me back up for a second. See you at the pole is a student led initiative where high school students go 15-30 minutes ...

The Gap In My Ministry

Part 1 of a Gospel and Students series. I by no means claim to be an expert in student ministry.  I’ve got 5 years of student ministry under my belt and still feel green.  That being said, I’ve started ...

An Open Letter to Parents

Dear parent of a teenager, Hey there. It’s me, the Youth Minister at your local church. I just wanted to take a few minutes and share some thoughts with you about your student. I know that no two people will ...

Another Article About Miley Cyrus

In an interview with Sunday People, Miley Cyrus said, “I have so many f**king issues.  I am so f**ked up -– everyone does dumb stuff when they are messed up.” If you keep up with the news in any sort of ...

When teens think they don’t sin

This last week I got in the mail some response cards from some of my students who went to a local summer camp.  On these cards my students checked the box that they had said yes to Jesus and have made some sort of ...

Talking about Sex in Youth Ministry

It seems like some Youth Group’s are almost always in a series on Sex while others never talk about it. Simple Question today, when was the last time you preached on this topic? We’d love to see your ...